It Came from Wayfield
Atlanta Airport 1969

I'm From Here.


Yesterday I went to Forest Park on a mission to rent a storage unit. As if storage units aren't bleak and funny enough, I was amused to find the PODs headquarters among a strip of warehouses on a street where I lived briefly as a child. There are no houses left on Barnett Road, just a small trailer park off Old Dixie Highway to orient me. I drove up and down the street trying to imagine where our house used to be, with its pecan tree and wild jonquils and the little guest house out back. "Air Logistics Center II" gives away nothing. How I can manage to get sentimental over just the angle of winter light and the resonance of incoming jets is a testament to my unique neurosis.



Who would have thought that the most enduring fixture on Barnett Road would turn out to be the trailer park? Oxford and Carrie, Alton and Ruby, Wade and Vardis, Guy and Melba, the scupernong arbors, the rabbit tobacco, the dozen forts in the hobo infested woods, the football/baseball/rodeo field, the haunted barns, my first and holiest of homes---all gone. But those damn trailers, well...

Dan Slagle

I can take you to precisely where that green house was located. You may recall that I worked in the red brick one next door for several years. It was the controls division for Superior Steel - an ice box in the winter and a sauna in the summer.


Harold- "first and holiest" indeed. Thanks for making me feel less neurotic.

Dan- Superior Steel is still there! The south side of Barnett Road looks familiar, but the north side has been completely transformed... it's disorienting, to say the least.


I too grew up in Mt View in the 60 and 70's and came across this posting via Google...We lived between the rr tracks and I-75 on Pine St...


I used to live on Barnett Road, the house directly next to the trailer park. The last time I was there I noticed that the old house and all the others were gone.

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